Fairtrade Fortnight 2016: What You Can Do To Help

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We’re entering into the final week of Fairtrade Fortnight 2016, and this year’s campaign Sit Down for Breakfast, Stand Up for Farmers is off to a roaring success. This year’s campaign is moulded around the famous quote from Martin Luther King Jr. Speaking at a Christmas sermon on peace in 1967, he said: “Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world”. And yet the farmers we depend on can’t always feed their own families.

Farmers are so familiar with these difficult times that they have different names for it across the world. Some call these times “seasons of hunger”, “times of silences” or “the hungry months”. Julio Cantillo, a banana farmer in Colombia, said there were days that he and his family only had one meal a day. These farmers are some of the 795 million people who are undernourished worldwide.

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So what can you do to help? Luckily, helping out these farmers has never been simpler. The Fairtrade Fortnight 2016’s campaign is asking everyone to have a Fairtrade breakfast in honour of these farmers and to support Fairtrade. Then they’re totting up the figures of how many people in the UK care about supporting the farmers we depend upon. It’s summed up succinctly in their campaign hashtag: #youeattheyeat. Easy.

So to make your breakfast count for Fairtrade Fortnight 2016, pledge your support for Fairtrade farmers, and the Fairtrade Foundation will send you some inspiration for your breakfast to boot. Here’s a neat list of where to buy your Fairtrade breakfast feast from, favouring pioneers who are 100% Fairtrade, putting farmers and workers at the heart of everything they do. We love us a committed 100% socially responsible company, we do.

Liberation

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The UK’s first and only Fairtrade nut company Liberation brings together nuts producers from Malawi, Bolivia, El Salvador, Peru, Nicaragua and India, and is 44% owned by these smallholders. They want to give their nut producers a decent, secure income. They can be found at Oxfam food shops, Waitrose and Traidcraft, and they provide the nuts for the Sainsbury’s and Tesco own brand Fairtrade ranges. Sprinkle over a granola or muesli bowl, et voila! Job’s a good’un.

Cafédirect

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These guys were the very first Fairtrade certified coffee brand. Above and beyond paying the Fairtrade price for crops, they’ve reinvested half their profits to grower businesses and communities. Their coffee, tea and cocoa is stocked in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Ocado and the Ethical Superstore, so it’ll be hard not to find them.

Traidcraft

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Fighting poverty through trade, Traidcraft has been in business for over 35 years now. You can buy all manner of chocolate, muesli, coffee, tea, sweets, sugar, jams and (last but certainly not least) biscuits and cakes all in one place on their website. If you manage to fit all of those things into your Fairtrade breakfast, then we salute you, sir.

Divine Chocolate

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Divine Chocolate was established in 1997 after the Kuapa Kokoo cocoa farmer’s cooperative voted to set up a chocolate company together in order to access a share of the chocolate market. With a helping hand from organisations like The Body Shop and Comic Relief, Divine Chocolate was born, and was 44% owned by Kuapa Kokoo. You can find them in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Whole Foods, Tesco and Booths, and on the Tradicraft website. Divine has some bars suitable for vegans, including the Dark Chocolate Ginger & Orange, and the Raspberry Dark Chocolate Easter Egg. Now, chocolate for breakfast is a tad indulgent, but it’s all for a good cause, right?

To find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight 2016, head to the Fairtrade website.

Images courtesy of Divine Chocolate, Traidcraft, Fairtrade Foundation, Cafédirect, and Liberation.

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